Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation

Nicosia (Lefkosia)

The highlight here is the beautifully curated Museum of George and Nefeli Giabra Pierides Collection on the mezzanine floor, which contains more than 600 (mostly ceramic) items dating from the Bronze Age through to the 16th century. In particular, exhibits include some incredibly rare Mycenaean pottery examples. Don't overlook the small Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage on the ground floor which, thanks to excellent historical information panels, is much more interesting than it sounds.

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Nearby Nicosia (Lefkosia) attractions

1. Church of Panagia Faneromeni

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Built in 1872 on the site of an ancient Orthodox nunnery, this is the largest church within the city walls and is a mixture of neoclassical, Byzantine and…

2. Ledra Information Bureau

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At the Ledra St crossing, this municipal office has multilingual leaflets about the city and hosts regular photographic and other exhibitions, generally…

3. Shacolas Tower Observatory

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Shacolas Tower Observatory provides a superb vantage point across the city and the mountain range beyond. Boards below each window point out and provide…

4. Green Line

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The presence of the UN Buffer Zone (commonly called the Green Line) slashing through the capital is a prominent reminder of the island's ongoing division…

5. Church of Archangelos Michail

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This domed church was built in 1695 and is thought to have replaced an earlier Gothic church on the same site. The exterior is built in Franco-Byzantine…

6. Cyprus Postal Museum

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For the dedicated philatelist. Devoted to Cyprus' postal history, this museum holds a collection of stamps dating back to British colonial rule.

7. Omeriye Mosque

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Originally the Augustinian Church of St Mary, the Omeriye Mosque dates from the 14th century, with its tall minarets added after its conversion in 1571…

8. Leventis Municipal Museum

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The best place in town to get to grips with Nicosia's rich and convoluted history. The permanent collection inside this handsome neoclassical mansion…